The preoccupation with universal beauty even in its aesthetic forms has an intense power for refining and subtilising the nature, and at its highest it is a great force for purification.SRI AUROBINDO
Little by little, coarseness is eliminated from the being.
Butterfly bush, Summer lilac
Tiny fragrant four-lobed tubular flowers in white and shades of pink, purple, yellow and orange; borne in dense terminal spikes. A medium to large shrub.
Photo Courtesy: Petrichor
Refinement of Habits
Orderly, clean and well-organised.
Madre de cacao, Nicaraguan cocoa-shade
Small pink papilionaceous flowers, each with a pale yellow band in the centre of the broad recurved upper petal and a conspicuous waxy maroon calyx; borne in dense racemes along the branches. A small fast-growing tree with pinnate leaves.
Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke
Pleasing and delicate, always avoids mistakes of bad taste.
Small three-petalled flower with a large bilabiate lip in pinkish lavender with a white centre and sparkling sheen; blooms singly on a short scape between two beautifully marked leaves. A stemless perennial with tuberous roots.
Photo Courtesy: Chrischang
Refinement of Emotions
With progress even the emotions become refined.
Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow, Morning-noon- and-night, Paraguayan jasmine
Small fragrant salverform flower with a short corolla tube and a limb divided into five wavy overlapping lobes; flower opens purple with a white eye and changes from purple to lavender on the second day and to white on the third; borne singly. A small shrub
Picture Courtesy: Forest & Kim Starr
Refinement of Sensations
Manifold, complex, perceiving the variety of details.
Small mildly fragrant flower with three upper and two lower ovate petals and prominent curved stamens and pistil; the flower opens pink and turns deep golden yellow; borne in clusters along the branches. A medium-sized tree, often with long pendulous branches.